Designing a kitchen perfect for entertaining has been growing in popularity for years now. With homeowners recognising the kitchen as the heart of the home, it’s not surprising that party guests, as well as day to day household members, often find themselves socialising in the kitchen where the food and drink is.
With this in mind, if you love to host get-togethers and special events in your home, take a look at these ideas to help design your kitchen for entertaining.
Getting extra chairs out of the garage is a thing of the past. Built-in booths, bar stools, dining chairs and banquette seating all offer space-saving solutions whilst keeping the interior looking modern and varied without making your kitchen look like a restaurant.
This iconic townhouse kitchen utilises a variety of seating options, all working together to create a social hub.
At one end of the room is a built-in booth mixed with dining chairs creating an area that can comfortably seat up to 10 whilst involving the cook in the conversation. On the kitchen island, bar stools have been effortlessly slotted in and finally, a lounge-like area has been added to the end with sofas for yet another comfortable area to relax.
Get the Mood Lighting Right
Getting the correct lighting ratio with optimal placement will transform your kitchen space come evening time, but it’s equally important for your kitchen to be practical. There are three main types of lighting you need to consider when designing your kitchen for entertainment.
- Ambient lighting
Ambient lighting refers to your main source of light – whether in addition to the natural light or to fill lack of it. Often this is evenly spread with a combination of chandeliers, pendant lights, flush mounts, and recessed lighting.
When thinking about this type of lighting, consider dimmer switches to tone it down in the evening.
- Task lighting
Kitchen task lighting is designed to create a shadow-free work environment for carrying out tasks such as preparing food, cooking, serving, washing up and generally using your kitchen for purpose.
You may have these pointed specifically at certain areas so the whole kitchen isn’t flooded with task lighting.
- Accent lighting
Consider these flourishes the cherry on top of your well-designed kitchen. It will generally add to the aesthetic of your kitchen and includes toe kick lights, cabinet lights, led strips etc.
This category of lighting is the type that will bring your kitchen aesthetics all together.
Find your Storage Solutions
Curb the kitchen clutter to create a calming area for when your guests arrive. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to store your kitchen devices on the countertops. If you want to display your kitchen gadgets, consider high shelving or wall fitted brackets to lift them off the surfaces and make more space for your guests to place drinks and food.
Clever storage solutions will also help keep you more organised for when you are entertaining so you can easily locate items with minimal fuss in front of your guests.
Many hosts will also be fond of built-in appliances such as special wine fridges.. Not only will this help with practically cooling drinks, but who isn’t impressed with wine served at the perfect temperature? Wine coolers are a popular choice for kitchen islands.
In this understated minimalist kitchen, we created a ‘mini-kitchen’ for small appliances with its own quartz work surface so it could be easily used and hidden behind doors as and when needed without looking cluttered.
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